Trio jailed for sham marriage plan

A hapless man attempting to cheat immigration laws through a sham marriage couldn’t remember the name of his bride-to-be.

Zubair Khan, from Pakistan, who last week received a custodial sentence, suffered the unfortunate memory lapse when he paid a visit to a registrar to arrange the ceremony.

The 28-year-old called marriage fixer, Khaliq Dad Khan, to check the name of the woman with whom he would be exchanging vows.

Both Khans were sentenced to 20 months in prison by Hull Crown Court, having admitted conspiracy to facilitate a breach in immigration law.

The future wife, Beata Szilagyi, 33, from Hungary, received a 17 month sentence, after pleading guilty to the same offence.

Andy Sharpe, of Immigration Enforcement Criminal Investigations, said: “This was a farcical but nonetheless serious attempt to cheat the UK’s immigration laws

“At a pre-wedding registrar appointment, Zubair Khan could not even remember the name of his prospective bride.

“We continue to crack down on sham marriage abuse, and we work very closely with registrars to identify suspicious marriages. We will not hesitate to act where we believe a relationship is not genuine.”

The case follows a separate incident last year, in which a bogus bride was caught with a crib sheet, including information on her new husband’s height, shoe size and how they had met.

James Brokenshire, Immigration and Security Minister, said that powers introduced under the new Immigration Act was making it easier to identify suspicious nuptials.

“Last year, our investigators intervened in more than 2400 suspected sham marriages- almost twice as many as the year before.”


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